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Jun 21, 2015

Oosthuizen caps stirring Open fightback with second 66

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – For a second day in a row, South African Louis Oosthuizen carded the lowest round at the U.S. Open to cap a remarkable comeback after he had faced enormous pressure simply to make the cut.

The former British Open champion delivered a brilliant display of shot-making on a firm and fast-running Chambers Bay layout, a second consecutive four-under-par 66 lifting him into contention for the title after the third round on Saturday.

Jun 21, 2015

Golf-Grace, Johnson follow similar routes at U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington, June 20 (Reuters) – Playing partners Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace followed similar routes of highs and lows to reach the same destination on Saturday, ending the third round in a four-way tie for the lead.

Big-hitting American Johnson used his power off the tee and a deft touch around the greens to rack up five birdies, along with three bogeys and a double at the par-four 13th, to card a level-par 70 in difficult scoring conditions at Chambers Bay.

Jun 21, 2015

Golf-Oosthuizen caps stirring Open fightback with second 66

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington, June 20 (Reuters) – For a second day in a row, South African Louis Oosthuizen carded the lowest round at the U.S. Open to cap a remarkable comeback after he had faced enormous pressure simply to make the cut.

The former British Open champion delivered a brilliant display of shot-making on a firm and fast-running Chambers Bay layout, a second consecutive four-under-par 66 lifting him into contention for the title after the third round on Saturday.

Jun 21, 2015

Ailing Day battles into tie for U.S. Open lead

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Jason Day delivered one of the grittiest displays seen at a golf major as he fought his way into a tie for the early lead at the U.S. Open on Saturday a day after collapsing on his final hole.

The Australian world number 10 had sent a shudder through the tournament on Friday when he succumbed to vertigo before he finished the second round and 24 hours later he hung tough as he ground out a two-under-par 68 at Chambers Bay.

Jun 20, 2015

Frustrated McIlroy turns ‘a 65 into a 70′ at U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy carded his best score of the week at the U.S. Open on Saturday, but was disappointed with a level-par 70 that he felt should have been at least five strokes better.

The world number one picked up two shots on the front nine, including a 25-footer on the second hole, but squandered several opportunities after the turn as he ran up two bogeys for a four-over total of 214 after three rounds.

Jun 20, 2015

Ailing Day tees off in U.S. Open third round

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Australian golfer Jason Day, who sent a scare through the U.S. Open on Friday when he collapsed due to vertigo on his final hole, teed off in the third round on Saturday after resting overnight.

The world number 10, who has a history of dizzy spells, was diagnosed with benign positional vertigo after receiving medical treatment following Friday’s second round at Chambers Bay.

Jun 20, 2015

Player pans U.S. Open venue, calling it a ‘tragedy’

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Nine-times major champion Gary Player slammed as a “tragedy” this week’s U.S. Open site, adding his name to the growing list of critics of the links-style Chambers Bay layout.

Speaking on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program on Saturday, the 79-year-old South African said that the 115th edition of the year’s second major had been “the most unpleasant golf tournament” he had ever seen.

Jun 20, 2015

Golf-Reed in Open title hunt with Ryder Cup team mate Spieth

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington, June 19 (Reuters) – American Patrick Reed will tee off in Saturday’s third round at the U.S. Open excited to be in a tie for the lead with his Ryder Cup team mate Jordan Spieth but not so thrilled about how he landed in the marquee pairing.

Though Reed caught world number two Spieth at the top after carding a one-under-par 69 in difficult scoring conditions on a firming Chambers Bay layout, he was frustrated to offset five birdies and an eagle with six bogeys during a rollercoaster second round.

Jun 20, 2015

Golf-Spieth and Reed share Open lead, Woods misses cut

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington, June 19 (Reuters) – Masters champion Jordan Spieth stayed on track for a rare double at the year’s first two majors as he grabbed a share of the lead after a dramatic U.S. Open second round at Chambers Bay on Friday.

Spieth sank an eight-foot birdie putt on his final hole, the par-three ninth, to set the early pace before being caught at the top late in the day by fellow American Patrick Reed, who three-putted the final hole for 69 in the more difficult afternoon conditions.

Jun 20, 2015

Thumbs down from players for 18th hole in second round

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Tiger Woods said it was “tough” while Jordan Spieth described it as “dumb” when asked about the 18th hole at Chambers Bay which has switched between a par-five and par-four at this week’s U.S. Open.

The par-five version, set at 617 yards for the opening round, met with general approval from the players but the par-four incarnation, a beast of 514 yards for Friday’s second round, was widely panned.